I’m a collector of sorts… Okay, I’m more of a hoarder… I tend to buy games faster than I can play them, so the vast majority of them wind up sitting in my backlog for months if not years collecting dust. I’m not exactly proud of this, but I suppose I can never truly complain that I don’t have any games to play… However, there are some games in my backlog that will most likely never see the light of day again, because I just can’t bring myself to play them again.
There are just some games I can’t finish. I’ve been playing otome games for a long time now, so I more or less know which games I’ll like and which ones I won’t. But, there are times when I come across a game that I just can’t seem to see through to the end. Weeks… Months… Years of failed attempts and forgotten save files… Every so often I’ll load up my old save files and try to give these neglected games another go, but all my attempts end the same way; with the games back in the box and safely tucked back into the ol’ backlog. I’m ashamed to admit that there are actually some really popular games on this list too….
Code Realize Guardians of Rebirth
Code Realize Guardians of Rebirth is the reason this list even exists. I have been trying to finish this game since it was released back in 2014 and I can’t for the life of me do it. Code Realize Guardians of Rebirth is one of those games that everyone raves about, but for some reason or another I just can’t seem to get past Impey’s route… I don’t know what it is about this game, but every time I start it up I fall asleep within 10 minutes. And, it’s not that the characters or story is bad, I just can’t get through this game, which is a shame because just about every otome fan I know loves this game!
I’m currently stuck on chapter 5 of Impey’s route and that’s after five years of trying…
Bad Apple Wars
I was super excited about this release, so like everyone else in the otome fandom I rushed out to snag a copy of the game on release day and… I want my money back…. I loathe this game. Bad Apple Wars was such a colossal disappointment, it was just so damn D-U-L-L, the love interests were pretty bland, the story was lackluster at best, and for some weird reason Aksys didn’t see fit to translate the audio only skin ship cut scenes.
The most interesting parts of the story were the side characters! I was way more invested in them than I ever was in Rinka or any of the main guys and believe me I tried… At the end of the day, if you’re looking for an high school romance with an afterlife setting, better give Re:Birthday Song a try instead.
Dandelion Wishes Brought To You
Before Mystic Messenger swooped in and became the obsession of the entire otome community, Cheritz had already released two PC otome games: Dandelion Wishes Brought To You and Nameless The One Thing You Must Recall. Now, I love Cheritz as much as the next fan, they are seriously one of the most fan-friendly companies out there, however, Dandelion is an absolute pain to get through and not for the reasons you’re probably thinking. Unlike some of the games on this list, I love the story and the characters, but the insane stats raising required to complete each route is the bane of my existence. Lots of repetition, random events, ferreting for RANDOMLY GENERATING items and constantly searching for the LIs, makes trying to complete a route an absolute chore!
FIFTY HOURS OF GAMEPLAY!!!! This game has a grand total of 13 Love Interests, 10 routes, and over 20 endings, that’s enough content for about three otome games. Not to mention the three main guys Caramia, Kyrie, and Axel all have love triangle routes where the other two love interests can steal you away from your chosen love interest… BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!! On top of that, those routes each branch off so you can choose to either run off with the new guy or turn them down and that is independent from the actual by the book romance routes! Trust me it get’s repetitive… that’s like half the damn gameplay right there and then, there’s the BROTHEL ROUTE…
I managed to power through my boy Axel’s route, but the effort it took to do that really took it out of me and I have been struggling to pick this game back up again…
Last, but not least is this bad boy right here… Period Cube. It was all aboard the Period Cube hype train when this game was released and unlike some of the games on this list I made it pretty far in the game before I ran smack dab into the mother of all brick walls. This is not a perfect game, but the characters were fun and the premise had me hooked. I mean come on an otome game set in an MMORPG with actual RPG mechanics! What could be better than that?
So, it was around the time I started the fourth route (Radius’s route) when someone spoiled the game for me… Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. This person revealed that not only was the MC’s brother the “villain” of the game, but that he lusted after his sister so hard that he created a digital world and trapped thousands of people in it, just so he could f**k his sister… I haven’t touched the game since.
This list is probably gonna ruin my street cred in the otome community, but I really just had to get this out… *shrugs noncommittally* Maybe one of these days I circle back and power through some of these game (highly unlikely), but like the great Justin Bieber once said…